Quantcast
Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary

gannet

play
noun, gan·net \ˈga-nət\

Simple Definition of gannet

  • : a large ocean bird that eats fish

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of gannet

plural gannets also gannet

  1. :  any of a genus (Morus of the family Sulidae, the gannet family) of large fish-eating seabirds that breed in colonies chiefly on offshore islands

Origin of gannet

Middle English ganet, from Old English ganot; akin to Old English gōs goose


First Known Use: before 12th century

Rhymes with gannet


GANNET Defined for Kids

gannet

play
noun gan·net \ˈga-nət\

Definition of gannet for Students

  1. :  a large bird that eats fish and spends much time far from land




Learn More about gannet


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up gannet? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

a timid, meek, or unassertive person

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

alt-5746713d76276

Which of these is a synonym of nonplus?

reduce soothe disapprove perplex
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ